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Wellbeing in later life

We partnered with Ipsos MORI to undertake a major social research project exploring people’s wellbeing in later life.

We want to ensure that what we do starts with the person and is relevant and beneficial to people in later life.

The research identified three key dimensions of a good later life:

  • health
  • financial security
  • social connections

These were consistent regardless of gender, ethnicity or other socio-demographic characteristics. These dimensions are interrelated and all influence each other. They also have an impact on the extent to which people feel happy, satisfied with their lives, and that their life has meaning and they are in control. Interestingly, the study revealed the significance of strong social connections and how they help some people to overcome disadvantages such as poor health or a lack of financial security.

Later life in 2015 Ipsos MORI Ageing Better

Later life in 2015: An analysis of the views and experiences of people aged 50 and over

We investigate the factors that make for a good later life, and explore how different people are experiencing and thinking about their later life.

There is wide variation in how people experience later life. We identified six groups of people aged 50 and over according to their experiences, circumstances and levels of wellbeing.
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We identified six groups of people aged 50 and over according to their experiences, circumstances and levels of wellbeing.

We identified six later life groups of people aged 50 and over according to their experiences, circumstances and levels of wellbeing. These six groups (or segments) are of broadly similar size and are distributed evenly across the country:

  • Thriving Boomers
  • Downbeat Boomers
  • Can Do and Connected
  • Worried and Disconnected
  • Squeezed Middle Aged
  • Struggling and Alone
Wellbeing in later life

There are opportunities to learn from those groups that have higher levels of wellbeing than could be expected on the basis of their health, financial situation or social connections. We are using the many insights from this study to help inform which topics we focus on and who we work with to affect change.

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  • Are you are doing relevant research? 
  • Do you have ideas about how the Centre for Ageing Better can make the most difference? 
  • Do you share our ambitions and would like to explore how you could contribute or work with us? 
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